Citizenship Values

Just before ANZAC day the Australian government revealed that it is in the process of revamping our citizenship tests in an effort to assess people coming into Australia.  In a multicultural society like ours it is essential to clarify the values and laws that bind our variety.  It makes sense to exclude those who reject the values that bind the citizens of a commonwealth together.  Yet some comments from our current immigration minister feel like these tests are something more…

“Our country shouldn’t be embarrassed to say we want great people to call Australia home. We want people who abide by our laws and our values and we should expect nothing less,” Peter Dutton,  ABC online (20/4/17)

Do we only want great people in Australia?  What about ordinary people or less than ordinary people?  If we want great people calling Australia home, should some of our current citizens be disqualified?  Maybe in the future the government will revoke citizen rights from those who do not hold their values?  How different is God’s commonwealth!

that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (Ephes 2:12-14)

Our church is an embassy of the Commonwealth of Jesus.  Let our church reflect our commonwealth’s values and not our country’s values.

Denis Oliver